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Less Than 72 Hours to February 15 Deadline for 2015 Health Insurance Coverage

Thursday, February 12, 2015

FINAL PUSH Aimed at Helping Residents Enroll Before Last Minute Rush, Skip Long Wait Times, Avoid Potential Tax Penalty for Not Having Insurance

WHAT/WHO:             

Time is running out for individuals and families to select and enroll in a health insurance plan for 2015. As of today, there are only three days before the February 15th deadline. The urgency to make sure District residents are enrolled in quality affordable health insurance before the 2nd Open Enrollment closes is the major thrust of DC Health Link’s FINAL PUSH campaign this week. In addition to the six enrollments sites that are open daily, DC Health Link is hosting a number of special enrollment events throughout the city to make it convenient for residents to sign up. Late night enrollment, extended hours at the Call Center, One Touch Enrollment events, Valentine’s Day partnerships with local florists and the addition of faith based enrollment sites on Sunday, are features of the FINAL PUSH campaign.

WHEN/WHERE:        

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 5 pm - 8 pm

One Touch Enrollment Event
Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School

1100 Harvard Street, NW
Contact: Falasha Culpepper fculpepper@ccahec-dc.org, (202) 506-6150
(One Touch Enrollment is a “one-stop shop of services” with free onsite expert assistance for enrollment support, including identity verification, Medicaid case management, and financial help.)

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 5 pm - 8 pm

“Faith in Action” Late Night Enrollment
2nd Episcopal District A.M. E. Church Finance Building

1134 11th Street, NW
Contact: Rev. Priscilla Boswell priscillaboswell@2ndamec.org, (202) 216-9350, (301) 266-1009

Saturday, February 14, 2015 and Sunday, February 15, 2015

DC Health Link Extended Call Center Hours
8 am - 9 pm (Both days)

(855) 532-5465
TTY: 711
Contact: Joan Hummons joan.hummons@dc.gov, info@dchealthlink.com; (202) 527-4484

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Valentine’s Day – SPREAD THE LOVE... GIVE THE GIFT OF HEALTH INSURANCE

8 am - 8 pm
Lee’s Flower and Cards

1026 U Street NW
(202) 265-4965

10 am - 4 pm
Mary Wood Florist

923 Kennedy Street, NW
(202) 726-2444

9 am - 7 pm
Petals Ribbons & Beyond

3906 12th Street, NE
(202) 636-2048

(DC Health Link messages cards will be attached to all flower orders, deliveries and walk in services. Staff will help place cards on orders and will be onsite from 10 am to 1 pm to greet consumers and urge them to enroll before the Feb 15th deadline.); Contact: Kishan.putta@dc.gov; (202) 320-0058.

Sunday, February 15, 2015, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

“Faith in Action” Enrollment Sites Listed Below

Allen Chapel A.M.E.
Enrollment - 8 am - 2 pm

2498 Alabama Avenue, SE
Rev. Dr. Michael E. Bell, Sr.
Phone: (202) 889-3296
Contact: Linda Perkins lindaperkins@2ndamec.org, (202) 246-3142

Pilgrim A.M.E. Church
Enrollment - 9 am - 2 pm

612 17th Street, NE
Rev. Wendell Christopher
Phone: (202) 396-8582
Contact: Rev. Priscilla Boswell priscillaboswell@2ndamec.org, (301) 266-1009

Our Lady, Queen of the Americas
A Parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington
Enrollment: 10 am - 2 pm

2200 California Street NW, Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 332-8838
Contact: Mercedes Tobar, mtobar@gwhcc.org; (240) 535-3803

Metropolitan A.M.E. Church
Enrollment: 8 am - 2 pm

1518 M Street, NW
Phone: (202) 331-1426
Rev. William H. Lamar IV
Contact: Cynthia Morris, cynthiamorris@2ndamec.org; (202) 216-9350

Restoration A.M.E. Church
Enrollment: 10 am - 2 pm

1919 15th Street, SE (Ketchum Elementary School)
Rev. Rochelle Toyer
Phone: (240) 643-0641
Contact: Thelma James, thelmajames@2ndamec.org, (202) 497-4050

Israel Baptist Church
Enrollment: 10 am - 2 pm

1251 Saratoga Avenue, NE
(202) 269-0288
Rev. Morris Shearin
Event Contact: Paulette Sheffield, epsheff@hotmail.com; (202) 870-6501

BACKGROUND

The Affordable Care Act provides individuals, families, and small businesses in the District of Columbia with affordable options for quality health insurance.  DC Health Link is the District’s online health insurance marketplace which allows visitors to shop, compare, and enroll in coverage that fits their needs and budgets.

Open Enrollment for individuals began on November 15, 2014 and ends February 15, 2015. Eligible District residents can enroll in a health insurance plan through DCHealthLink.com. Generally, plan selections made by the 15th of each month during Open Enrollment will be effective on the first day of the following month. Small businesses—as well as individuals and families eligible for Medicaid—can enroll through DCHealthLink.com at any point.